August 30, 2020

Monthly Wrap up: August 2020

 

August is finishing up. Were did the month go. Where did this year go. We are marching ever closer to the end of the year. Holiday season is just about around the corner and so is fall. How are you dealing with schools this year?

I been watching tv a bit more. I been watching video games Let's Play on YouTube. I enjoy some of the games people are playing. I want to say Thank you them and those on the front lines of this pandemic.

I am been watching my TV shows on demand as well. I about read more books then I did before July. August was good for me. I am on a book I hope to finish soon and then yet an audiobook read. Then I will have all books that are due to be posted and read by end of  September and October finished. That really good. Two of the books below are due in September and the other in October.

I have giveaways going on my blog. Check my sidebar on my blog under "Giveaways".

Books Read in August:
  1. The Black Midnight by Kathleen Y'Barbo 
  2. Boy From Berlin by Nancy McDonald (Book Tour / September 11, 2020) - w/ Giveaway
  3. The Lake and the Secret Sweetheart by Judith Grimme
  4. One Boy's War by Nancy McDonald (Book Tour / October 2, 2020) - w/ Giveaway
My books really fell in 1 different genres for this month. They are in 2 different media categories I believe as well. They will be shown below.

Books by Genre:
  1. Historical - 4 Book
Books by Media Categories:
  1. Paperback - 2 Books
  2. E-Book - 2 Books
I have read a total of 688 Pages, for the month of August. I am finally back to reading around what I think I can for a month.  The total for 2020 is 6,665 Pages and 00 Hours of Listening.

Books by Pages Total:
  1. The Black Midnight - 256 Pages
  2. Boy From Berlin - 142 Pages
  3. The Lake and the Secret Sweetheart - 156 Pages
  4. One Boy's War - 134 Pages
Total Pages by Month:
  1. January - 1,004 Pages
  2. February - 964 Pages
  3. March - 1,687 Pages
  4. April - 440 Pages
  5. May - 840 Pages
  6. June - 781 Pages
  7. July - 261 Pages
  8. August - 688 Pages

Total books by Month:

  1. January - 6 Books
  2. February - 5 Books
  3. March - 7 Books
  4. April - 4 Books
  5. May - 3 Books
  6. June - 5 Books
  7. July - 2 Books
  8. August - 4 Books
 
Favorite Book of the Month:
  My Review for Boy From Berlin
Berlin, April 1938. One night, eight-year-old Käfer Avigdor uses his specialty toilet-paper roll binoculars to spy on his Mama and Aunt Charlotte. The whispered conversation he overhears alerts him to a danger he didn’t know existed and starts him rethinking who he really is and where he belongs. Within hours, Käfer and his family flee their comfortable life. In a desperate race to stay one step ahead of the Nazis, Käfer is called on to be braver and more resourceful than he ever imagined possible. But will it be enough? Boy from Berlin is based on real people and actual events.
Want to buy: Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Christian Books |

Book Haul of the Month:
Book Challenges:
- Goodreads Reading Challenge 36/30 Books (Completed June 28, 2020)
- Fiction Addiction's Monthly Wrap up
- Backlog of Reviews (0 Reviews) 2011 though 2018
Bloggers Commenting Back
Follow me and I follow back

Giveaways:
None

Upcoming Reads / Releases

 Here is everything that been posted for the year. Some things have been will be posted later then when I read the book or reviewed it. Most cases this is when a book is on tour with me. The Book review may be posted later or a month or so done the line. I will gladly mark these when I read the book so you know.


My Wrap Ups for the Year:

  1. January
  2. February
  3. March
  4. April
  5. May
  6. June
  7. July 
What are your Reading this August? How is it that we are also near Holiday Season and the end of the year?


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Book Haul - #2 (August 2020)

 

August was a bit bigger haul. I would like to say Thank you to all the Publishers and authors that send me books for August. They are very colorful this past month. They are also mostly children books. So are middle grade and one is holiday one. One is a new release as well.

Here are the books I received from several different publishers.Thank you to some authors as well. All are review books. Two are Book Tour Books I want to say Thank you to @IreadBookTours. One was a giveaway book I won. I want to say Thank you all.
  • One Boy's War by Nancy McDonald
  • Think Big by Kat Krongberg (Second Copy)
  • Love Big by Kat Krongberg
  • The Christmas Swap by Melody Carlson
  • Dream Big by Kat Krongberg
  • Guion The Lion
All are on my radar to read. I hope to read these books soon. This is my Book haul for this month.

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August 26, 2020

Monthly Wrap up: July 2020

 

July flew on by and I really did not get much reading done. July was just to hot for me to read all that much. It my lowest reading for a month. With reading only two books.

I been watching tv a bit more. I been watching video games Let's Play on YouTube. I enjoy some of the games people are playing. I want to say Thank you them and those on the front lines of this pandemic.

I am been watching my TV shows on demand as well. Some of them are Deadliest Catch, Little People Big World, Bringing up Bates, Portals to Hell, Teen Mom OG, Call of The Midwife, Sister Wives, Ghost Adventures. I know am playing Animal Crossing New Horizons.

I have giveaways going on my blog. Check my sidebar on my blog under "Giveaways".

Books Read in June:
  1. Ghost Moon by Kathleen Knight 
  2. Think Big by Kat Kronenberg
My books really fell in 2 different genres for this month. They are in 2 different media categories I believe as well. They will be shown below.

Books by Genre:
  1. Children - 1 Book
  2. Paranormal - 1 Book
Books by Media Categories:
  1. Paperback - 1 Books
  2. Hardcover - 1 Books
I have read a total of 261 Pages, for the month of June. I am finally back to reading around what I think I can for a month.  The total for 2020 is 5,977 Pages and 00 Hours of Listening.

Books by Pages Total:
  1. Ghost Moon - 213 Pages
  2. Think Big - 48 Pages
Total Pages by Month:
  1. January - 1,004 Pages
  2. February - 964 Pages
  3. March - 1,687 Pages
  4. April - 440 Pages
  5. May - 840 Pages
  6. June - 781 Pages
  7. July - 261 Pages

Total books by Month:

  1. January - 6 Books
  2. February - 5 Books
  3. March - 7 Books
  4. April - 4 Books
  5. May - 3 Books
  6. June - 5 Books
  7. July - 2 Books
 
Favorite Book of the Month:
  My Review for Think Big
Set in the wilds of the African savanna, Think Big follows moody Baboon as he discovers another powerful secret.

In the third installment in her Live Big Series, best-selling, award-winning author Kat Kronenberg takes readers back to the wilds of the African savanna where the animals not only still struggle to find food, but now they face life-threatening situations. They must fight to survive and are terrified.

But when our beloved moody Baboon challenges Kudu on what to do, everything begins to change. One by one, Kudu, Giraffe, and Bee are faced with the dilemma of who they want to be. After watching Bee choose to do good, Baboon figures out a new secret: We can light the stars in our hearts, empowering our lives, once we smile big deep within, truly believing in who we are, our ideas, and the importance of caring for others.

The danger continues to mount and Baboon finally gets so scared that he cries out for help. Luckily, some fun animals and Baobab Tree come to the rescue! Will they try the new—SHHH—secret so their collective ideas not only help all the animals survive, but thrive together so that their dreams can come true?

Once again, Kronenberg creates a mythical evolution story of some of nature’s most fascinating characters to teach young readers foundational skills for life—in this case, helping them build a loving community that knows the joy of gratitude, giving, and going for the extraordinary. Through playful dialogue and beautiful illustrations, readers learn to take a deep breath, connect their heads to their hearts, and celebrate their best lives as they problem solve. As with Dream Big and Love Big, Kronenberg includes hands-on activities at the end of the book and on her website. Her dream is that the whole experience will inspire young readers everywhere to learn to think big together.
Want to buy: Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Christian Books |

Book Haul of the Month:
Book Challenges:
- Goodreads Reading Challenge 32/30 Books (Completed June 28, 2020)
- Fiction Addiction's Monthly Wrap up
- Backlog of Reviews (0 Reviews) 2011 though 2018
Bloggers Commenting Back
Follow me and I follow back

Giveaways:
None

Upcoming Reads / Releases

 Here is everything that been posted for the year. Some things have been will be posted later then when I read the book or reviewed it. Most cases this is when a book is on tour with me. The Book review may be posted later or a month or so done the line. I will gladly mark these when I read the book so you know.



My Wrap Ups for the Year:

  1. January
  2. February
  3. March
  4. April
  5. May
  6. June 
What are your Reading this July? How have you coping with the Coronavirus?


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August 19, 2020

Book Review: The Lake and the Secret Sweetheart

Book Title: The Lake and the Secret Sweetheart
Author: Judith Grimme
Genre: Historical Fiction, Children, Middle Grade, Fiction
Series: The Front Porch Diaries #4
Publisher: Encouraging Publishing
Publisher Date: 12/12/2019 (156 Pages, Paperback)
The Miller children had grown so close to Simone and Philippe, but everyone knew the time was fast approaching when the Corbetts would return to their home in France. This last summer together was certain to be an adventure to remember, full of triumph, loss, and discovery.

It was 1968, a moment in time that would shape the future for each of the young friends, especially Lucy. Jon and Philippe would also need to summon the courage for a big leap of faith, and Eddie and Simone would soon learn the cost of keeping secrets, and promises. Even little Carly would surprise everyone!

Includes 4 bonus activities in the back of the book, with free printable downloads available for the entire series, great for classroom or home school.

The Front Porch Diaries is a light, charming 4-book series about friendship, siblings, growing up, and life in the 1960s. Readers will come to adore Lucy, Eddie, Simone, and all the children of East Howard. Parents will appreciate the series' emphasis on positive family relationships and friendships, problem-solving and personal growth. This series is written to encourage reading, new vocabulary, creative writing, science and outdoor activity, and French language learning.

Readable.com gives this series a reading level between 3rd and 7th grade on its multiple reading scales, with an overall rating of "A."

This series has the Christian Media Clearinghouse Seal of Approval, rated "K" for being Kid- and family-friendly and "PVOS-Free" - no profanity, violence, occult or suggestive references. Characters discuss prayer and general religious practices (French-Catholic, American Protestant, Amish) in a positive light and do not introduce specific beliefs or doctrines.

Discliamer: I received a free copy from Book Crash for an honest review
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The Millers children seem close to the Colbert. Their time would in the United States is coming to a close. It all starts with a mystery valentine that Lucy does not know who it from. Though that time seems like it takes a while for them to go back to school.

The adventures continue into the summer. The children seem to plan their time with friends though out the summer. There seems to be a family trip to the lake. Lucy seems quite scared. She seems to have family support and Simone as a friend. Could Lucy be scared of something else other than swimming and being alone?

Who has a secret sweetheart? Jon seems more grown-up. He will solve this problem or will he miss his chance? This book and about friendships, growing up, and family. I enjoy the way it was written. You do learn some French. Children will enjoy this book as well as learn a bit about what it was like in 1960.


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August 4, 2020

Book Review: The Black Midnight

The Black Midnight
Book Title: The Black Midnight
Author: Kathleen Y'Barbo
Publisher: Barbour Publishing
Publisher Date: August 1, 2020 (256 Pages, E-ARC, E-Book)
Genres: True Crime, Crime, Historical Fiction, England, USA, Mystery
Series: True Colors #7
Two Series of Murders Seem Mysteriously Connected
Step into True Colors -- a series of Historical Stories of Romance and American Crime

Could a series of murders in London in 1889 be related to unsolved murders in Austin, Texas, 1884? Queen Victoria wants to know and asks her granddaughter—who left the queen’s good graces by going off to America to become a Pinkerton agent—to quietly look for any connection. The catch is the queen doesn’t want her to do it alone. Alice Anne must find her former Pinkerton agent partner—now an attorney in Austin—and enlist him in the hunt. As the pair get closer to finding their suspect, their lives become endangered, but they refuse to be intimidated. Can this case be solved?
Discliamer: I received a complimentary E-ARC copy of this book from Netgalley and Barbour Publishing for an honest review and was under no obligation to post a review.
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If you are a history lover and enjoy England, you will enjoy this book. Well, you will get a bit of a tour of London. Though we start in Austin, Texas. We are introduced to every strong Pinkerton detective and her partner. We seem to have unsolved murders in Texas. But our detectives seem to be quite busy otherwise while chasing down a killer.

Will Annie and her partner Isaiah solve the murders in Austin and London? Will they find the killer that is killing women in their beds in Austin and the connection with the killing in London? The queen seems to want her great-granddaughter to look into them with her friend from Texas.

The pages will make you want to read until the last page. You will be on your toes and turning or sliding your pages up reading until the end. Is the killer Jack the Ripper, or is it someone else? You will be trying to guess and figure out along with the Pinkerton detectives in their investigations.

I felt like I was investigating along with them trying to find the killer of the mysterious deaths. You do get pulled into experience the London along the way. Who or What is the Black Midnight? Is the Midnight Assassin the same person as The Black Midnight or Jack the Ripper?

All fans of historical fiction and crime will love this book and the series. It had me wanting more. It is in does go into details about investigations but not a lot into the deaths of killings. This is good in that way. What does the Prince want with his daughter? Why is he trying to bring his daughter home? Who is Annie Walters? Will she give herself away? What up with Cameron Blake and his reporting. Some entertaining story plots are going on. We go on as adventure with this one.

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